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A GEORGE III HARDSTONE AND GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A MINIATURE
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A GEORGE III HARDSTONE AND GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A MINIATURE

ENGLISH, CIRCA 1780/1790, STRUCK WITH TWO FRENCH POST-1893 IMPORT MARKS FOR GOLD, THE MINIATURE LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A GEORGE III HARDSTONE AND GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A MINIATURE
English, circa 1780/1790, struck with two French post-1893 import marks for gold, the miniature late 19th century
Oval box, the cover centred with an oval portrait miniature depicting Tsar Peter the Great of Russia (1672-1725) with brown hair and moustache, in dark blue coat, surrounded by an engine-turned gold border engraved with interlacing reeded bands enclosing circular yellow moss-agate pellets, the sides similarly bordered with slightly larger hardstones, the base set with a bevelled red-brown striated agate plaque centred by a gold-mounted moss-agate tondo, reeded gold rims
3 5/16 in. (85 mm.) wide
Provenance
Christie's, Geneva, 25-26 April 1978, lot 305.
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Lot Essay

A suite of very similar moss-agate set boxes, one circular and one oval, is illustrated in A. K. Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, London, 1990, p. 268. Snowman draws comparisons between the style of the circular box to the work of Dresden master Johann Christian Neuber. A further suite comprised of an oval snuff-box and a carnet-de-bal, both by Neuber, is illustrated op. cit., p. 325.
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